Having your home inspected by a professional home inspector before you list recommended from your Real Estate professional. More than likely your buyers are going to conduct a home inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that...
- Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors, make the repairs yourself, if you are qualified.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation( not all inspectors offer these extra services, you can check for radon yourself).
- It may relieve your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
- Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.
CLEAN UP THE OUTSIDE
Curb appeal is the first impression of all homes for sale. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great first impression.
- Paint or wash the exterior of the house (including window casings, shutters, and doors if needed).
- Wash the windows inside and out.
- Check the gutters and chimney.
- Keep children's toys picked up in yard.
REPLACE BATHROOM AND KITCHEN FIXTURES THAT ARE WORN OR LEAKING
- People will notice a leaking or worn-out faucet. By replacing these items, you will give a new look to the room.
- If your water contains hard minerals such as lime, use a product to remove the hard water stains and bring back the shine.
- Clean under the sinks. Repair any old water damaged area.
GET RID OF ANY BAD SMELLS IN YOUR HOME
People WILL remember your home by it's smell and first impression. Good or bad, it can affect the way they feel about possibly living there.
- Pay attention to pet, cigarette or food odors. Especially litter boxes.
- Place scented potpourri or Plug-Ins around the house.
- On the day you're expecting a potential buyer, pop a batch of frozen cinnamon rolls, homemade bread or refrigerated cookie dough into the oven for a great aroma.
- Something simmering in the crock pot is a wonderful idea too. You want your home to smell like "Home".
- If you have outside dogs, their area is important too. Are they digging holes? Is there muddy prints on the back door or have they scratched or chewed at the back door? Buyers see this as damage. If possible, make another area of the yard specifically for the dogs until your home sells.
- Trim or remove shrubs and trees that may be dead, over grown or are otherwise covering up too much of the home.
- Eliminate clutter on the front and back porches. Minimize yard art. One colorful potted plant or wreath on the door is best.
- Organize items under carport or remove items. If anyway possible.
CLEAN & TOUCH UP THE INTERIOR
A buyer wants a Move-In ready home. If you are not able to thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom, don't feel guilty about calling in the professional for a first one time over cleaning. This will make your on going job of keeping things up much easier. Consider having the cleaning company come every couple of weeks to keep things manageable. Having your home on the market is a Full-Time Job!! A Realtor could call at any moment and you have to be prepared.
- Put a fresh coat of paint on the most used areas as well as brighten up the space.
- Ash the walls where paint is not appropriate( i.e. wall paper, paneling).
- Wash all floors and bathroom tiles including baseboards.
- Shampoo dirty carpets.
- Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets (the less in the closet, the bigger it will appear).
- Organize and sweep out the garage and or basement. Use storage bins to remove small items from home and place in garage, attic or storage unit if necessary.
- Keep only the basics on counters i.e. candle, coffee pot, hand soap, etc. Put all personal items out of sight. i.e. Cosmetics, toothbrush, hair dryer etc..Keep hand towels clean and decorative.
- Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down.
- Clean the shower! People will always look behind the shower curtain.